Indoor LED Walls in the Workplace of the Future

Prior to the pandemic, indoor LED walls were becoming increasingly common in corporate lobbies, boardrooms, and executive briefing and customer experience centers. The increase in pixel density has enabled a clearer, brighter picture that creates an immersive viewing experience for many applications. As an expensive feature of the physical office, LED walls may now seem like … Read more

Occupancy Measurement Enables Digital Workplace Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought strong demand for occupancy measurement systems — an emerging technology that, prior to the pandemic, seemed limited by privacy concerns. Privacy is a legitimate concern and one that calls for careful governance. Furthermore, as the concern may relate more to the perception of these systems, it calls for transparent communication and … Read more

Building Within an Existing Hospital: Integrating Technology Systems

This article is co-authored by Mark Latz. When a healthcare provider adds a new building to an existing hospital, integrating the new building’s technology systems with the existing buildings’ systems presents a complex set of challenges, decisions, and sequences. The systems that must be integrated can include nurse call, security, distributed antenna (DAS), Wi-Fi, data network, … Read more

Round Table Q&A: Telecom Design for Hyperscale Data Centers

TEECOM engineers participated in a round table Q&A addressing the complexity of telecom design for hyperscale data centers. Participants Alex Cardiasmenos, PE, RCDD, CDT, DCDC – Associate Principal Casey Wittkop, PE, RCDD – Principal Consultant Darrel Scobie, PRINCE2, BICSI Technician, CDCDP – Associate Principal John Pedro, RCDD, CDT – Principal Consultant Mike Candler, DCDC, CDT, RCDD, … Read more

Technology Consultant Versus MEPT: Which is the Better Value?

Many sizable MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) firms offer technology consulting as part of an “MEPT” (MEP+Technology) practice. Within a combined scope of services from an MEPT firm, the cost for technology consulting appears lower than from a technology consultant like TEECOM. MEPTs will often claim a client is getting the same service at a lower price … Read more

Don’t Forget to Commission Your Technology Systems

Building commissioning (Cx) is a relatively new but now frequently used quality assurance method. Owners typically contract a certified commissioning authority (CxA) to perform independent oversight of engineered systems, ideally through conception, design, procurement, functional testing, acceptance, warranty, and one year of operation. Independent from the design engineer, a CxA flags issues or opportunities for improvement … Read more

In-Building Wireless: Too Important to be an Afterthought

iBwave is a software that allows engineers to predictively model how wireless signals, from cellular, to WiFi, to radio walkie talkie, will propagate through a building. This informs the design of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and emergency responder radio coverage systems (ERRCS). While iBwave was first released in 2003, we have seen increasing demand for its … Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Build The Hospital of the Future

We began working on our first big healthcare project in 2005: the $900-million Palomar Pomerado Hospital Expansion in San Diego. The hospital leadership held a visioning session with expert speakers from technology manufacturers about what “the hospital of the future” would be like. Experts described robots roaming the corridors, voice-controlled technology replacing keyboards, and video screens … Read more